Fridays are all about features. Each week, we’ll highlight a different feature of the {IMH} Meal Planning Board. Is there a feature you want to know more about? Leave a note in the comments or shoot us an email. This week’s feature is the Recipe Collection. It’s a place for all of your favorite recipes to call home. Click on “Recipes” to head to your collection.recipe list


What good is a list thoadd a recipeugh without items in it? Click on the “Add a Recipe” link at the top left to go to the form to add your recipe. Try not to be too scared here. I’ll walk you through all this white. The title is perhaps the most important, because it can’t be changed later. Each box is a place to put the corresponding description. Number of servings will become important in the near future with an upcoming feature that’s in testing. The “Component Title” is itself a neat little feature: this allows you to add multiple components to a single recipe (such as a chocolate drizzle that goes over a cake). It’s all one recipe, but, there are a couple of different components. This will keep them separated for you. Ingredients have to have a name in the “Ingredient” column. I know I never put a quantity or measure in “salt and pepper” in my savory recipes, as it’s “to taste,” (I put that in the “instructions” column – see below).


Perhaps my personal favorite aspect of the recipe collection is the source information for each recipe, down at the bottom of the form. This lets me know where I got the original recipe from, be it a website, a book, or a friend. It’s also a great research tool when diving in to multiple, similar recipes, as the true source can be traced.

When your recipe is entered, click on “Save.” You’ll head to a screen that will allow you to tag your recipetag list so you can find it later. Here’s the tag “Ham” in action, to your right. You can also add notes on this screen. Click on “Save” again, and you’ll head back to your Recipe Collection.


When you’re in your Recipe Collection, click on a recipe to view it. The recipe below is a simple gallette I cobbled together one night. In here, you can see how the recipe is tagged and diets that it fits inside of (when applicable). You can also add the recipe to your plan. Just give it a date and a meal and click on save. Add a new tag right from this screen as well. You can also edit the recipe (except for the name; remember when I mentioned to pay attention to that, yeah, not potato is forever spelled wrong in this recipe – a fix to that will be coming at some time in the future).recipe card

The recipe itself appears to the right, with ingredients and instructions all right where you’d expect them to be. Underneath the recipe is a section for notes. I use these to make notes on things I might want to change as I’m testing and using a recipe. Eventually, if and when I use the same changes multiple times and am happy with them, I’ll incorporate the note in to the recipe itself.

Whew that was quite a bit. I love keeping all the recipes we try, and the ones that are and have become family favorites, in one spot. I don’t flip through dozens of cookbooks anymore to try to find that one cucumber soup I made that one time. I also don’t have to hope a blogger didn’t take down a recipe that used to be up in favor of publishing it in a book that I haven’t purchased (yet). I keep the original source right there in the recipe, and get to keep all my notes. Though the cards don’t get stained by the food they make, which I admit I kind of miss, they’re always legible and grease stains don’t smear out ingredients.

*Note: all screenshots are from version 1.0.3, which was released in July of 2015. As the Meal Planning Board evolves, the exact look of the program may change slightly, though the functionality will remain the same. Rest assured that we’ll update with new screenshots when there are major changes.